My kids are 9 and 7 and after overdosing on the complexities of Harry Potter it's a complete delight to read them the simple, pleasures told in the world of Paddington Bear. Each new chapter has a new story and it takes about 20 minutes to read a chapter. It is the perfect bedtime story book because everything ends well each evening. No more nightmares about Voldemort. The kids are dropping off to sleep with images of Paddington covered in marmalade or getting into a fix, and its lovely to hear them giggling at the slapstick humour. I'm going to read them all.
The Paddington books were the first stories I can remember. Reading them again the memories came flooding back, they are just SO GOOD. I particularly wanted the books with the original (and best), Peggy Fortnum illustrations, which are as good as I remember.
My only criticism, inflation has taken over and Paddington's sixpence is now ten pence!
I can't recommend these books highly enough to everyone.